Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul
Director Nacer Khemir traces the profound journey of a young girl and her blind grandfather into the desert as they search for a legendary gathering of elders in an unknown location. Bab'Aziz is a noble dervish who, along with his spirited granddaughter Ishtar, has been invited to attend a special gathering that is said to take place somewhere deep in the dunes of the eternal desert. There are no directions to the location of the gathering, however, as it is said that those who are meant to attend will certainly find their way. As Bab'Aziz and Ishtar set out to find their destiny… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's not a film for the impatient -- no guns, no chases, no explosions. What it does have is beautiful cinematography and a thoroughly positive vibe."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz."
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
"Although beautifully filmed, Bab'Aziz's form mirrors the actions of its characters, wandering the desert and dancing among the tales, returning to the present-day story for Ishtar, with her wise, old face, to say, 'What happened next?'."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"It is neither engaging nor enlightening."
‑ Peter Schilling, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie never gains much narrative momentum and the religious elements remain a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but the fine Sufi music and skillfully crafted images make for pleasant-enough viewing."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"[It] proves that, even in our troubled times, East and West can still come together, when necessary, to produce something completely and utterly confusing."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"[Nacer] Khemir, a poet and a painter as well as a filmmaker... uses the endless, timeless desert landscape to create an existence in which past and present coexist."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The arrival of the film is, to misuse a dervish cliche, something worth singing and dancing about."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A lovely if meandering fantasia about the power of narrative."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Perhaps inevitably, the story and characters in Bab'Aziz never rival the interest of its photography."
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"More like homework than entertainment"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"An episodic fairy tale that dazzles the eyes and sometimes tries the patience."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"As far as fable imports go, Bab'Aziz is a step up from the Disney-grade moralism of Milarepa, but it's even less memorable."
‑ Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine
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